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Mary Barton

Elizabeth Gaskell

1. 01 – A Mysterious Disappearance
2. 02 – A Manchester Tea-Party
3. 03 – John Bartons Great Trouble
4. 04_Old Alice
5. 05 – The Mill On Fire–Jem Wilson To The Rescue
6. 06 – Poverty and Death
7. 07 – Jem Wilson’s Repulse
8. 08 – Margaret’s Debut As A Singer
9. 09 – Barton’s Experiences in London
10. 10 – Return of the Prodigal
11. 11 – Mr Carson’s Intentions Revealed
12. 12 – Old Alice’s Bairn
13. 13 – A Traveller’s Tales
14. 14 – Jem’s Interview with Poor Esther
15. 15 – A Violent Meeting Between The Rivals
16. 16 – Meeting Between Masters & Workmen
17. 17 – Barton’s Night Errand
18. 18 – Murder.
19. 19 – Jem Wilson Arrested On Suspicion.
20. 20 – Mary’s Dream–And The Awakening
21. 21 – Esther’s Motive in Seeking Mary
22. 22 – Mary’s Efforts to Prove an Ali
23. 23 – The Subpoena
24. 24 – With the Dying
25. 25 – Mrs, Wilson’s Determination
26. 26 – The Journey To Liverpool
27. 27 – In The Liverpool Docks
28. 28 – John Cropper Ahoy
29. 29 – A True Bill Against Jem
30. 30 – Job Legh’s Deception
31. 31 – How Mary Passed the Night
32. 32 – The Trial and Verdict–”Not Guilty”
33. 33 – Requiescat In Pace
34. 34 – The Return Home
35. 35 – Forgive us our Trespasses’
36. 36 – Jem’s Interview with Mr Duncombe
37. 37 – Details Connected with the Murder
38. 38 – Conclusion

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Summary

Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s and deals heavily with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class.The novel begins in Manchester, where we are introduced to the Bartons and the Wilsons, two working class families. John Barton reveals himself to be a great questioner of the distribution of wealth and the relation between the rich and the poor. He also relates how his sister-in-law Esther has disappeared after she ran away from home.Soon afterwards Mrs Barton dies, and John is left with his daughter Mary to cope in the harsh world around them. Having already been deeply affected by the loss of his son Tom at a young age, after the death of his wife, Barton tackles depression and begins to involve himself in the Chartist movement connected with the trade unions.